Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Mile Markers


Center closes temporarily

The Key West office of the Guidance Care Center, Inc., which provides mental health, as well as drug and alcohol, counselling services, has been shuttered since Monday, due to issues arising from an ongoing retrofit. Employees were advised Sunday evening that the organization would be implementing its "disaster plan" for its Key West operations, which includes closing the office until such time as the building, on Fifth Street, can be inspected by a structural engineer.

Site Director Larry Prescott was tight-lipped about the closure, saying only that a press release regarding alternative locations for counselling sessions would be sent to media outlets in the near future.

However, a memorandum sent out on Tuesday by the Guidance/Care Center's senior vice president of Florida and Caribbean Operations, Frank. C. Rabbito suggested that beginning Monday the company was planning to offer services to its Key West clients at its Marathon facility, 3000 41st St., Oceanside, and to provide transportation for its clients between the two cities.


Crash causes outages

A semitrailer truck struck a utility pole near Mile Marker 24 on Summerland Key around 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, causing a power outage to approximately 2,200 customer in the surrounding area. The pole remained upright, but the impact of the strike downed the power lines.

KEYS' crews restored power within 15 minutes to all but four of the customers who were directly affected by the damaged transformer, according to Julio Torrado, spokesman for KEYS Energy Services.

There were no injuries in the incident.


HIV tests offered throughout Keys

In an community-wide out reach effort, free HIV testing is offered throughout Key West.

AIDS Help, Inc. offers free HIV testing at the Gordon Rollins Center, 1434 Kennedy Dr., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are strongly urged. Call 305-296-6196. Also, the nonprofit offers the testing from 1 to 6 p.m. Mondays at the Bourbon St. Pub, 724 Duval St.

AIDS Help staff remind the public that this testing is free, anonymous and confidential and "painless," since it doesn't involve needles. The test is done with a swab. A code or alias name is provided for each test recipient.

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County has two locations for free HIV testing: Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, walk in Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m., appointments all other days/times at (305) 809-5664 or (305) 809-5665; and the Roosevelt Sands Center, 105 Olivia Street, walk in Thursday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m.